2002 Film Festival Screenplay Award Winners
SCREENPLAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL RHODE
ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PROVIDENCE, RI (September 4, 2002)
The Rhode Island International Film Festival
presented by BROOKS Pharmacy, is pleased to announce
the winners for this year's third annual Screenplay
Competition. 206 screenplays were received for this
year's event from all over the world. The jury composed
of industry professionals, screenwriters ,and members
of the general public found their work challenging and
exciting as they discovered this year's winning screenplays.
For the first time in the contest's history, three
Spanish language entries were received. After careful
review of each entrant, one Grand-Prize winner was selected
along with six First-Prize winner and ten finalists.
The Grand-Prize winner for 2002 is called "Checkpoint"
by Timothy Jay Smith of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The
screenplay is timely drama set in the Middle East that
follows an American photojournalist, an Israeli war
hero and a Palestinian farmer as their lives intertwine.
According to George T. Marshall the RIIFF Executive
Director, "We are delighted to honor Timothy Jay
Smith for his exceptional screenplay.
"This was a strong year for screenplays. We received
over 206 entries and for the first time welcomed three
Spanish language entrants into the competition. Entries
came from all over the globe."
"Our panel of judges were greatly impressed with
the power of Timothy Jay Smith's story and quality of
his writing. While a tough call given so many exceptional
screenplays submitted this year, the selection of 'Checkpoint'
was a unanimous call for the Grand Prize."
The Grand-Prize winner will receive a cash and prizes
of worth over $5,000. These include a full Scholarship
at the RIIFF Master Class on Production, Take 1-2-3:
Filmmaking with the Pros (to be held in August 2003);
the production of segments from the screenplay which
will also be used as a case study during 2003 Master
Class; work in advance with the visiting director for
the 2003 Master Class on the segments to be shot plus
revisions; Participation in the Dailies and Editing;
Involvement with Casting; a Staged Reading at the 2003
RIIFF Festival; Round-trip travel; Hotel Accommodations
for up to three nights; Select meals or cash stipend;
the latest version Final Draft Screenplay Software;
a copy of Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop; Two all-access
VIP Passes to the RIIFF 2003; a complimentary Subscription
to Scr(i)pt Magazine; and promotion through the Writer's
"Screenplays were judged on creativity, innovation,
vision, originality and the use of language.,"
said Marshall. "For our judges, the key element
was communication and how it complemented and would
be transformed by the language of film."
The winner of last year's Grand Prize was "Dead
Behind the Eyes" by Joubin Mortazavi & Eli
Frankel of Rodondo Beach, CA. Their screenplay is a
murder-mystery set in New Orleans that charts the dark
journey of a homicide detective in his hunt for a serial
killer. Both attended the 2002 RIIFF and saw elements
of their screenplay shot of Sony HD 24 fps equipment.
The visiting guest director was Richard Schenkman, (Went
to Coney Island on a Mission from God..., The Pompatus
of Love, A Diva's Christmas Carol, The Producer, et
al) a frequent collaborator with actor Jon Cryer and
RIIFF Board member.
First Prize winners of the Competition who will receive
software from Final Draft copies and/or copies of Syd
Field's Screenwriting Workshop along with subscriptions
to Scr(i)pt Magazine. Additionally as part of the awards
for the RIIFF Screenplay Competition, top winning contestants
will receive from Writers' Script Network: An e-mail
announcement about their winning screenplay to about
6,500 industry professionals; plus other benefits including
placement of their logline and synopsis on the WSN password
protected web site; and a logline (pitch) for their
winning screenplay in their printed publication.
The winners of the 2002 Screenplay Competition
are as follows:
Timothy Jay Smith, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Harry McEwan, New York, NY
Sundae Jahant-Osborn, London, UK
Serpent in the Garden
Richard G. McKee, Jr., Naples, FL
Gary Riester and Karen Grenberg, New York, NY
Ernst Aebj, New York, NY
The Princess and the Pirate
Dana Biscotti Myskowski, Henniker, NH
Head First, Face Down
Glenn Forbes, Toronto, CANADA
Eric Diekhans, Evanston, IL
The Clear Horizon
Bill Flanagan, Seattle, WA
Brett Ross, New York, NY
Forgive and Remember
Judith D'Ambrosia, Culver City, CA
Mirtha Vega, Sausalito, CA
The General's Spy
Michael B. Newman, Boston, MA
Theodore Cormey, Brighton, MA
The Face of Eight
Carl Wolfteich and Tom Dooley, Saunderstown, RI
Anna Down East
F.M. Strype, Ridgewood, NJ